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What is a rehab?

Residential rehabilitation programs are for people who have already detoxed off drugs and/or alcohol and are attempting to live life without using drugs or alcohol. Some residential rehabilitation programs have facilities which can cater for people wishing to detox upon entry into their programs. Another name for residential rehabilitation programs is therapeutic or residential communities. They are medium to long-term programs which are often in the countryside or in semi-isolated location and provide a regulated environment where individuals can build their new life skills and self-confidence before returning to the real world. Some programs also include a halfway house stages, which provide support and reintegration back into the community after treatment.

Rehabilitation programs are usually quite strict and do not tolerate any drug use. Some people drop out because they find the rules a bit hard to take. Some people don’t choose to enter these programs as they have been sent by the judicial system as an alternative to prison.

Most rehabilitation programs are medium to long-term, ranging from a month to a year or more. Because of this they often have long waiting lists. Many private rehabs and religious-based rehabs can accept clients almost immediately and have no waiting lists.

If you are a smoker find out if the rehab has a smoking area — many programs have become non-smoking and this can be a major barrier for some people. However, they may offer nicotine withdrawal treatments like patches, Champix, Zyban.

What is a detox?

A detox is a process where the body removes toxic or unhealthy chemicals in a short period of time. It is generally done in a formal supervised medical or health specialist setting or can also be done at home. Some rehabs have detox facilities and others required a detox before entering a rehab. Most hospital-based rehabs have the facilities to provide detoxes at the beginning of a treatment program.

What does it cost?

A rehab treatment can range vary greatly. Government-financed programs can be free or range from five dollars a day, or three-hundred dollars a week or a percentage of your Government Support benefits. Private rehabs are not free and can range from six thousand dollars a month, to ten to sixteen and from 30 to 50 thousand dollars a month. Some will cost as much as one hundred thousand dollars a month or more. Private medical insurance covers the cost of many private rehabs. Some private rehabs have no medical insurance cover but can you can access your superannuation because substance dependence disorder is considered a life-threatening illness. Otherwise, medical loans can be accessed from specialised medical loan services.

What is a religiously based rehab?

For the purposes of this website, an organization is considered a religion if the Federal Government of Australia has recognized it as such for tax purposes. Religious-based can mean a range of things. We interpret this to mean if any aspects of the rehabs program include or is inspired by a religious organization then it is a religious based rehab. This is not to denote or separate religious rehabs from other rehabs; it is merely to clarify what programs each rehab is offering. Some religious rehabs in Australia are the very best, largest and offer excellent treatment and services, and accept anybody from any religion or non-religious backgrounds.

What are the 12 Steps and the Minnesota Model?

12 Step refers to the original 12 principles of Alcoholic Anonymous created by Bill Wilson the co-founder of AA in 1934. Today there are over 400 different 12 steps self-help groups for various different addictions and disorders. The 12-step model categorizer’s addiction to being an incurable disease, which can only be treated ‘One day at a time’.

The Minnesota Model was created by the Hazelton Betty Ford Foundation in 1949, which incorporated, residential treatment and care for addicts combined with residents attending 12 step groups during their treatment. The Minnesota model is the most commonly used model for addiction treatment in the world.

What other treatments are available?

Today many rehabs use various different types of treatments, including Medical Models, Evidence-based, Harm Minimisation, Chinese Medicine, Naturopathy, Supplements, Pharmacological Reduction Programs, Implants, Recreational Programs, Art Therapy and many more.

There are also many day program rehabs, home-style rehabs and general rehab classes and seminars but this website is only mainly concerned with Residential Rehabs.

Other treatments could include seeing a psychiatrist or psychologist or GP, receiving counselling, group counselling, self-help groups, outpatient programs, outreach programs, interventions, family supported treatments and sober accommodation.

What is Dual Diagnosis?

Dual diagnosis means someone has both a mental illness and a substance use problem. It becomes Dual Diagnosis when each condition are both equally important as each other and need to be treated at the same time.

What are the best treatments?

All treatments are valid and all have a place in trying to help people on the road to recovery.

This website is mostly only concern with rehabs that treat drug and alcohol addiction, behavioural addiction and some mental illness.

Many rehabs services and detoxes are not drug, alcohol or addiction-related but focused more on a change in lifestyle or offer retreat-like settings to help individuals rebalance their lives. They do not treat drug and alcohol addiction specifically in their programs and therefore are not deemed relevant to this website.

There are also many drug and alcohol rehabs and services which simply claim to do things which are not true, please click on our warning page to find out exactly what kind of treatment service this might be.

Essentially there are no bad rehabs because rehabs are only the starting point for an individual to begin changing their lives. They are the short circuit and the catalyst for an individual to begin their life of recovery. They are only as good as the work you are willing to do while you are there and the rest is up to the individual.



The moderator of this site reserves the right not to publish posts, comments or reviews.

Comments and reviews, which are only negative, must be given a context.


  1. “They were only trying to rip me off”
  1. “They are all drug dealers”

“They don’t know what they are doing”

These are just quick snipes with no context or reference and lack meaning for the reader.

A better EG might be below

  1. When I attended the rehab, I thought it was going to cost a certain amount and I was charged a lot more than I first thought. I stayed two weeks and then left and now I have relapsed. I didn’t think they provided me with enough care and support. There were goods things about the rehab but I guess it wasn’t for me. I think; “They were trying to rip me off”. I have asked several times for my money back but I understand they have a no refund policy. This rehab might be for you but it didn’t work for me. I am still using and trying desperately to get clean. This is a much bigger task than I anticipated. Other people were getting clean at the rehab but just not me. Perhaps next time I need to do more research and find out about their smoking cigarettes policy.
  1. When I arrived at the rehab I felt very isolated and my detox was very painful. I lied about how long I had been clean before I entered. I struggled to go to groups and do simple chores. One of the other residents had smuggled in some drugs and was trying to sell me some. I didn’t tell the staff. I thought they were all drug dealers. I had to leave immediately and go and get on. I didn’t think rehabs would have drugs in them. I guess I should have told someone.
  1. This was my first attempt at getting clean. I had no idea what to expect but I had only been told good things by the intake staff. They wanted me to go to groups, do chores and take part in all their programs. I wasn’t interested. Didn’t they understand I was still detoxing? They don’t know what they are doing. Many people were attending the groups but I left and have since relapsed. I am not ready to get clean, I just needed a rest, and I will do more research next time I look for a rehab.

The difference with these remarks is that they are honest, taking 50% responsibility for what has taken place. Reviews don’t have to look like this but more honest and rounded review or post will get published if it is entirely negative.

This site is not Facebook for rehabs or a general personal rant about someone.

Parents and loved one please go the page titled “Families and loved one”.

There are links to more resources for you.

As family members and friends, we will often do everything in our power to help a loved one with an addiction. More often than not, however, our actions are feeding or further enabling their addiction.

Drug addiction in any form is a complex disease that not only affects the user but their friends and family as well. It is important to understand that there is a difference between enabling and helping an addict. Although it may seem like a very fine line at times, crossing the line from helping to enabling can be devastating for all involved (sharynsslant.hubpages.com).

Helping = assisting the addict with something that they are truly unable of doing themselves.

Enabling = assisting the addict with something that they are truly capable of doing and by all means should be doing themselves.

Warning Signs Of Enabling Behavior

  • Do you rationalize the addict’s irrational behaviour?
  • Do you make excuses for the addict?
  • Do you loan money to the addict over and over again?
  • Are you surprised when they use the money to get their next fix?
  • Do you end up finishing projects that the addict never completed?
  • Do you pay their bills?
  • Have you bailed them out of jail?
  • Have you paid their legal fees?
  • Have you ever called in sick to school or work for them?
  • Have you cleaned up their messes?
  • Have you believed their lies?
  • Do you blame yourself in part for the addict’s behaviour?
  • Have you lied to the addict?
  • Have you covered up for them to avoid embarrassment?
  • Do you think that you can fix the addict?
  • Do you give them one more chance ~ time after time?
  • Do you threaten to leave but then never do?
  • Do you threaten to kick the addict out but don’t follow through?

It is important to remember that we did not cause their addiction nor can we “fix them”. We can, however, change the way we treat and react to their addiction.

Specific Actions To Stop Enabling Behavior

  • Do not lie to the addict.
  • Do not make excuses for the addict.
  • Do not loan them money.
  • Do not be their alarm clock.
  • Do not bail them out of jail.
  • Do not pay their bills.
  • Do not be afraid to file a police report for theft, violence, etc.
  • Do not be afraid to obtain a restraining order if necessary.
  • Do not clean up their messes or destruction.
  • Do not remain in arguments.
  • Do not make ultimatums if you are not 100% confident that you will stick with it (sharynsslant.hubpages.com)

This is not easy and many of us find ourselves “relapsing” back to our enabling behaviours. But in the end, it just might be the most loving and important thing we can do.